ELI WALLACH Christmas card to Theatre World editor John Willis, signed for himself and wife Anne Jackson Christmas Card signed twice: "Eli", "Anne & Eli Wallach", 3½x5½ folded, 7x5½ open flat.

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ELI WALLACH Christmas card to Theatre World editor John Willis, signed for himself and wife Anne Jackson Christmas Card signed twice: "Eli", "Anne & Eli Wallach", 3½x5½ folded, 7x5½ open flat. Illustrated postcard to "Dear Jack"  [John Willis]. In full: "Loved your birthday card. We had a great China trip (Oct. 9 - 31st) - seeing plays, theatres, etc. And now another year - begins - both of us looking for that elusive play. A healthy & happy New Year to you". Eli Wallach (1915-2014) was an American actor who made his presence felt on stage and on the screen. He made his Broadway debut in 1945, making his television debut six years later in an episode of Lights Out (1946-1952). After proving his acting chops in various other guest appearances on television, he made his film debut in Baby Doll (1956), a film written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Elia Kazan. Wallach notched a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Silva Vacarro. The actor racked up over 150 acting credits, including major roles in films like The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Misfits (1961), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), The Godfather: Part III (1990), and Mystic River (2003). Wallach spent most of his career playing mobsters and other exotic outlaws. He also maintained a stage career, appearing in dozens of stage productions on Broadway and Off-Broadway until 2000. Perhaps his most famous stage work came in the 1951 production The Rose Tattoo, another piece written by Tennessee Williams. He earned his only Tony Award for this role. After marrying Anne Jackson in 1948, the two often appeared on stage together in Williams plays. Despite his numerous iconic screen credits, Wallach always insisted that the live theater stage was a higher plane of art. Over the course of his 60-year acting career, Wallach won a Tony Award (1951), an Emmy Award (1967), and an Obie Award (1963). Theatre World, founded in 1945 by Daniel Blum, is America's oldest annual record of Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre, referenced by industry professionals, historians, students and theatre fans worldwide. Until 1998, when a separate nonprofit corporation was established, Theatre World's editorial staff bestowed the prestigious Theatre World Awards for outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway debuts. Screen World (from 1950) and Dance World (from 1966), administered from the same office, furnished comprehensive information on those entertainment genres. John A. Willis (1916-2010), active in Theatre World from the beginning, became its chief editor in 1965, holding that position until 2008. Willis is regarded as one of the foremost theatre and film historians of the 20th century. While producing (and presenting) the annual Theatre World Awards, Willis also served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Theatre World, which received its own Tony for Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. Fine condition.

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